Calling the practice “at odds with modern day societal norms Kevin Shattenkirk Jersey ,” Formula 1 on Wednesday announced it no longer would employ “grid girls,” models who perform various promotional duties during races.
“Over the last year, we have looked at a number of areas which we felt needed updating so as to be more in tune with our vision for this great sport,” Sean Bratches, Formula 1’s managing director for commercial operations, said in a statement on the circuit’s website. “While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula 1 Grands Prix for decades, we feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms. We don’t believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula 1 and its fans, old and new, across the world.”
The decision did not sit well with some grid girls, who railed against what they see as an overreach of political correctness.
“Ridiculous that women who say they are ‘fighting for women’s rights’ are saying what others should and shouldn’t do, stopping us from doing a job we love and are proud to do. PC gone mad,” now-former grid girl Rebecca Cooper wrote on Twitter.
Michelle Westby, meanwhile, wrote on Facebook that her experience as a grid girl helped pave the way for her entrance to the male-dominated world of stunt and drift competition driving. She also said a lot of women will lose a source of income, thanks to “feminists.”
“I’m now retired from it all but to think girls have now lost a lot of important income because feminists think they know best when they haven’t a clue is really frustrating, we have our own voice, we loved doing the job, this is all basically because some men can’t control what comes out their mouth and nothing to do with the girls,” she wrote Thursday on Facebook. “I can walk past a building site and get the same comments so why suddenly a job should be taken away due to some unwanted male attention is a joke. What’s next? No female magazines, commercials ….. where does it end.”
“It’s upsetting, and I’m rather disgusted that F1 have given in to the minority to be politically correct,” a former grid girl named Charlotte Gash told BBC Radio 5 live. “I’m one of the lucky ones that I don’t rely on this as a main source of income, but there are girls out there who do. I know the grid girls are there to look pretty when they’re out on the grid, but my role was interacting with the crowd and we were there as an advertisement for the sponsors. We love doing it, and we don’t want it taken away from us.”
Formula 1’s announcement followed a similar edict by Professional Darts Corporation, which said last week it no longer employ “walk-on girls” who escort male competitors to the stage. Female models still are used as eye candy at cycling events and during boxing and mixed martial arts competitions.
“We strongly encourage sports such as cycling, boxing and UFC to follow darts and Formula 1 and reconsider the use of podium girls, ring girls and octagon girls,” the Women’s Sport Trust said in a statement.
“This is not a matter of feminists versus models, which seems to be the way many people want to portray this story. These changes are taking place because global businesses are making a considered choice about how women should be valued and portrayed in their sports in 2018. They deserve significant credit for doing so.”(Agencies)
The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says a vote earlier this week to release a classified memo to the public is invalid because Republicans changed part of the document before sending it to the White House for review.
California Rep. Adam Schiff sent a letter to House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes late Wednesday that charged the document had been "secretly altered" by Republicans after the vote. Schiff did not detail the changes. A spokesman for Nunes did not immediately return a request for comment.
The panel voted Monday to publicly release the memo, part of a GOP effort to prove improper use of surveillance by the FBI in its Russia investigation. President Donald Trump has five days from the vote to review the document.
The FBI has declared that it has "grave concerns" about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia election investigation that President Donald Trump wants released.
The FBI's short and sharp statement Wednesday lays bare a Trump administration conflict that has played out mostly behind closed doors in meetings between top Justice Department and White House officials.
The agency's stance on the memo means that Trump would be openly defying his hand-picked FBI director by continuing to push for the memo's disclosure.
The four-page memo was drafted by Republicans on the House intelligence committee.
The Republicans have said the memo reveals surveillance abuses by the FBI and the Justice Department in the early stages of the investigation into potential ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
Special counsel Robert Mueller and attorneys for Michael Flynn say they're not ready for the former national security adviser to be sentenced because of the current status of the investigation.
The attorneys disclosed the information in a filing in federal court in Washington. Flynn has been cooperating with Mueller's investigators since December, when he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of making false statements.
The charge stemmed from an FBI interview in which Flynn lied about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.
It's common for sentencing hearings to be delayed until the government believes a person has fully cooperated.
Document requests and recent witness interviews show Mueller is keenly interested in Flynn's time in the White
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